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Stanford White

Stanford White (September 11, 1853 - June 25, 1906) was a partner in architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White, which built old Madison Square Garden, the second Madison Square Garden, Madison Square Presbyterian Church, the New York Herald Building, Washington Arch, and the Century Club, all in New York City.

He designed and decorated spectacular Fifth Avenue mansions for the Astors[?], the Vanderbilts[?] and other high society families. His Washington Square Arch[?] still stands. He was noted for his womanizing and installed a red velvet swing in his apartment at old Madison Square Garden where he entertained young chorines.

He was shot and killed by Harry K. Thaw, the husband of an actress, Evelyn Nesbit, whom he had seduced.


  • The Architect of Desire - Suzannah Lessard
  • Glamorous Sinners - Frederick L. Collins
  • Evelyn Nesbit and Stanford White: Love and Death in the Gilded Age - Michael Mooney
  • The Murder of Stanford White - Gerald Langford
  • The Traitor - Harry K. Thaw
  • "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing" - Charles Samuels
  • "The Story of my Life" - Evelyn Nesbit Thaw - 1914
  • "Prodigal Days" - Evelyn Nesbit Thaw - 1934

Fictional works based at least in part on the Thaw/White murder

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